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Ahoy! Big wheels, big weekend

by David Krough


Posted on May 21, 2008 at 5:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:36 PM

For anyone who's staying in town this weekend, this blog is for you.

Some people are staying home because of gas prices this year. Me, I'm just not going to fight the rest of the traffic since there's cool stuff to do at home and on the cheap. Ya know, Stretching Your Dollar and all.

But before the fun -- let's not neglect the brave many who have allowed us to live as well and as free as we do. Cause when you think about it -- we really do.

In Portland, OMSI is having a Memorial Day ceremony to commemorate those who served on the USS Blueback and local veterans on Monday, May 26 at 1:00 p.m. in the courtyard behind OMSI. It's open and free to the public.

In Gresham -- there's a service at the corner of Powell and Roberts, where honorees will break ground for a new memorial. It starts at 10 a.m.

Thank you American heroes - you are not forgotten.

On Sunday, the West Coast's Urban Assault Ride comes to town. This ragged romp through the Rose City's downtown and eastside will feature big wheels, bike obstacle courses, jousting, scavenger hunting and of course - BEER. It starts and 9 a.m. in the living room with party afterwards.

You have to sign up ahead of time for your two-person team and be older than 7. Check the link for more info.

Spectators can check it out at a number of checkpoints around town, so don't be surprised to wake up to weirdness.

The whole shebang is sponsored by New Belgium Brewing and benefits the Bicycle Tranportation Alliance.

On Friday, it's a non-downtown club I've only been to once -- but had a blast watching bands there is the Red Room. Great service, plenty of room in this renovated space on NE 82nd. They have Guitar Hero tourneys too.

Unfortunately for the Straightedge Buddhist Strippers, it's their last show in Portland, if you like the razor punk come on out, they oughta be wild.

Up north at the windy Gorge in George, it's Sasquatch. It seems like wherever you look now, the overwhelming trend is big name bands doing all they can to bring themselves down to the level of the self-made-facebook-indie-itunes set

And looking at this festival lineup, I see names of very green bands that I wouldn't previously have imagined playing alongside stalwarts of industry.

Anyhooz, peeps include REM, New Pornographers, Modest Mouse, Fleet Foxes, the Whigs and a ton more.

Oh and check this, it's not Portland, not this weekend, but Seattle mega coffeemonger Starbucks is putting out a Sonic Youth compilation! Hawhaw